Resources

Web

Web Style Guide

The Web Style Guide site houses an unabridged, online version of the third edition of Web Style Guide: Basic Design Principles for Creating Web Sites, by Patrick J. Lynch and Sarah Horton. You’ll find the complete text and illustrations from the printed book here under Web Style Guide Online.

Web

Code Beautifier

CSS Formatter and Optimiser based on csstidy 1.3. This is a great online tool for quickly compressing or formatting CSS code.

Web

The New W3C Site for Handheld Media

When the new W3C site design launched, I was glad to find that the redesign was able to set the bar a little higher for HTML and CSS development. I noticed that the site would switch stylesheets when resizing the browser window to a narrow width. I assumed that this was being accomplished with JavaScript. Not so.

Web

Don't Use @import

Steve Souders, on his High Performance Web Sites blog, advocates the use of the link element over the @import directive for including CSS stylesheets.

Web

jQuery Tools

The missing UI library for the web

jQuery Tools is a collection of the most important user-interface components for the web. These are tabs and accordions, tooltips, overlays, exposing effects and scrollables. This single JavaScript file weighs only 5.72 Kb.

Design

JQuery Tools Theme

This single page theme is powered by the lightweight and powerful jQuery Tools and should be a breeze to customize with your own content. The CSS is also minimalist and well organized in case you want to change the structure of your pages.

Design

960 Grid System

Nathan Smith introduced his 960 Grid System:

As you might have heard, I recently launched a site for the templates that I created to use in my personal and professional projects. For lack of a better name, and because the numerals made for a nice logo, I’ve decided to simply refer to it as the 960 Grid System.

Applications

Windows Internet Explorer 7

Windows Internet Explorer 7 was released by Microsoft on October 18, 2006. This announcement is good step forward for standards compliant web design as many, though not all, of the issues that have plagued the aging web browser have been resolved.

Scripts

Textile

Textile: A Humane Web Text Generator.

Textile has been one of the many benefits of working with Textpattern as a content management system. It is a way of formatting text in HTML without knowing anything about HTML.

Applications

Textpattern

Textpattern is a free, flexible, elegant, easy-to-use content management system for all kinds of websites, even weblogs. Many of the sites that I have developed were built with Textpattern, and it has served me and my clients very well. However, now that I have discovered Symphony, I am finding the flexibility of Symphony to be far superior.

Textpattern 4.04 has just been released, so it may be worth revisiting. One of the main improvements would include the release of Textile 2.0 as part of the core Textpattern code.

Identity

Logo Lounge

LogoLounge allows designers to share their ideas and concepts with peers and clients. As a member of LogoLounge ($100.00 annual fee), you can search through thousands of logos created by designers and firms known and unknown, as well as upload your own logos.

Photography

stock.xchng

The leading free stock photo site. Share your photos with fellow designers. SXC is a friendly community of photography addicts who generously offer their works to the public free of charge. The gallery contains over 200,000 stock photos by more than 15,000 photographers.

Design

Typoasis

A collection of digital revivals and original typeface designs, featuring primarily scripts of various origins.

Studios and Agencies

Design Agency International

If you are looking for someone to hire for your next design project, there is a directory of selected design companies and professionals available here. It would be interesting to know what their criteria are for making their selections.

Applications

QuickSilver

Search. Command. Act without Doing.

Quicksilver’s greatest strength, however, is not search. Any item you are able to find, drag, or otherwise pull into its universe is endowed with many potential uses. Hitting tab takes you to the action field, where you can use the same adaptive search to select what you would like to do. Among other things, files can be emailed, copied, compressed. Text can be modified, transmitted between programs, or searched for on the web. Some actions even support an indirect object, so you can send an item to a person, move files to another folder, or open files with a specific application.

Applications

iBiz

iBiz is an easy to use time-billing and invoicing application. It integrates with iCal and Address Book, offers tax support, easily generates custom invoices and does all data saving behind the scenes for you.

Applications

Cha-Ching

Cha-Ching is a fun and easy to use money manager, done Mac OS X style. A tag based database lets you organize and search for your incoming and outgoing transactions your way. With Cha-Ching, you can also organize pending transactions, so you can keep track of the the cash you owe the electric company as well as the cash others might owe you – and with iCal integration, you’ll never forget a payment. Cha-Ching also offers fun little doodads you may have not expected – you can keep a photo inventory of your purchased items for insurance and tax purposes, or just for fun.

Applications

iRatchet

Ratchet is a new Tiger-only Invoicing and Billing application written in Objective-C/Cocoa. iRatchet provides the features and functionality common to billing and invoicing apps, (tracking hourly and fixed entries, multiple clients/projects, timers, pdf output, emailing of invoices, etc.), it excells in workflow, mileage tracking, web integration and ease-of-use.

Applications

On The Job

On The Job is an unobtrusive, easy to use time tracker. It’s not bloated with features you’ll never use, yet it’s powerful enough to handle all of your time tracking needs. On The Job is perfect for anyone billing by the hour.

Via Glenn Wolsey: On The Job - Time Tracking Made Easy

Applications

Cyberduck

Cyberduck is an open source FTP and SFTP (SSH Secure File Transfer) browser licenced under the GPL with an easy to use interface, integration with external editors and support for many Mac OS X system technologies such as Spotlight, Bonjour, the Keychain and AppleScript.